MED-Solar Project

The countries of the Mediterranean area face the same specific energy reality: the increase in the energy price and the weakness of the electrical grid (with the impossibility of increasing the power supply, etc.), which reduces the security of supply in critical facilities such as hospitals and schools as well as the proper development of small- and medium-sized entreprises (SMEs).

These problems are common to the target countries of the MED-Solar project (Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine) where all the population is actually connected to the grid, but with scarce quality, regular interruptions and cut-offs.

Instead of using exclusively polluting and expensive fuel generators against electricity interruption, the project proposes to provide the generators with a solar photovoltaic (PV) system for energy backup. With the achievement of MED-Solar, the energy situation in the three target countries will improve by reducing energy costs, decreasing the dependence on imported fuel and improving the security of supply through the use of clean energy resources.

  • Polytechnical University of Catalonia (Spain, Cataluña).
  • Solartys (Spain, Cataluña).
  • Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (France, Rhône-Alpes).
  • Energy Research Center, An-Najah University (Palestine).
  • United Nations Development Programme Lebanon (Lebanon).
  • National Energy Research Center (Jordan, Amman).

To promote and implement innovative technologies and know-how transfer in the field of solar energy, especially photovoltaic energy.

  • National energy grids and their weaknesses as seen in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.
  • Set of recommendations defined to improve legal frameworks and energy tariff schemes.
  • Power from solar energy increased in 3 public buildings and 1 industry (between 500-800 m2 of photovoltaic modules installed).
  • Pilot plants tested, validated and monitored.
  • Survey of the national regulations and legal frameworks related to photovoltaic energy
  • Identification of financing mechanisms allowing for the development of photovoltaic projects
  • Research and development in innovative photovoltaic technologies
  • Drafting of a socio-economic impact study to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness and impact of the pilot plants
  • Creation of a cross-border network engaging several public authorities, universities, SMEs, engineers, etc.
  • Beneficiaries and users of the pilot plants.
  • Companies in charge of the supply and installation of the pilot plants.
  • SMEs.
  • Public facilities (hospitals, schools, administrative buildings).
  • Local companies dealing with solar energy (installers, designers, retailers).
  • Electricity companies or agencies.

30 months (January 2013 - June 2015)

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